'Mad Men' delivers a knockout punch
April 16th, 2012
01:01 PM ET

'Mad Men' delivers a knockout punch

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 15 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

Sunday's show opened with a screening of the old drivers ed chestnut, “Blood Runs Red on the Highway,” and it could not have been more fitting for Pete, who had a rough go of it in this episode.

On his quest to obtain a driver’s license, he attempted to woo Jenny, a high school student (ew) in his class. The flirting was coming along creepily until a chiseled meat tower nicknamed "Handsome" (a play on “Hanson,” get it?) swooped in and usurped Pete as Jenny's crush of choice.

Elsewhere, Peggy ran into Ken during her lunch break and he was cryptic about his reason for being at the diner. He later confided that he’d met with a literary agent about turning his collection of sci-fi short stories – written under the nom de plume Ben Hargrove – into a book.

Out in Cos Cob, Trudy was in the throes of planning an intimate dinner party in honor of the Drapers. Citing the soul-shredding experience of a Saturday night in the suburbs, Don tried to get out of it but was ultimately powerless against Trudy’s charms.

At the dinner, Ken’s wife brought up his secret life as a science fiction author, an utterance that would later come back to haunt him.

The evening concluded with another blow to Pete’s ego – the kitchen sink that he’d previously attempted to fix broke once again, and this time it was Don who came to the rescue.

Despite his overall dislike of fun, Don enjoyed himself at the gathering and was particularly enamored at the sight of Pete, Trudy and baby Tammy standing before him at the end of party. On the way home he pitched trying for baby No. 4 with Megan, who seemed lukewarm to the idea.

Back at the office, Pete leaked word of Ken’s literary exploits to Roger, as hating on Ken Cosgrove is practically a requirement for employment at SCDP.

Roger told Ken to cool it with the robots and focus on the job that paid the bills. Undeterred, Ken later rechristened himself Dave Algonquin and continued writing. Don’t let the haters get you down, boo!

At the firm’s regular traffic meeting, Lane announced that he’d befriended fellow Brit Edwin Baker – the PR head at Jaguar - who was interested in SCDP’s services. Lane didn’t typically court new accounts, so Roger was assigned to help him navigate the process.

Lane took none of Roger’s advice at his dinner out with Baker, and the guys decided to swoop in and do the heavy lifting to secure the account. In this case, heavy lifting = lobster and whores. Take note, aspiring movers and shakers.

At Casa de Skank, everyone partook of the bimbo buffet except for Don, who remained committed to staying faithful to Megan. (Give it time, folks, there’s plenty of season 5 left.)

On the cab ride home, Pete told Don that he didn’t appreciate being judged for his actions, and Don used his newfound status as sexual teetotaler to warn Pete not to screw up what he had with Trudy.

The following day, Lane found out about the group's debauchery when Baker's wife called Mrs. Pryce to tell her that her husband was diagnosed with an embarrassing case of Bubblicious Pubis after his dalliance with a gum-snapping prostitute. Enraged, Lane lashed out at the partners for driving the account into the ground, only to have Pete openly question his role at the firm.

He then challenged Pete to a duel (!!!) and the ensuing rumble was two handlebar mustaches shy of good old-fashioned fisticuffs. Pete got the a**-kicking everyone – both SCDP personnel and the viewing public – had been anticipating for more than four seasons.

Later, in a heartbreaking display of emotion not seen since Don’s breakdown in “The Suitcase,” Pete began to sob in the elevator and confessed to Don that he was nothing more than an empty husk of a man. It was a moment of utter despair beautifully acted by Vincent Kartheiser, and a poignant note on which to end the episode.

Let’s hear your thoughts about last night’s show – and no fighting in the comments!

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  1. Allan Mceuen

    Facebook is an online social networking service, whose name stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by some university administrations in the United States to help students get to know each other.^"

    Have a good week

    May 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. orchardist

    Superb episode, absolutely heartbreaking at the end.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Feeniegal

    I enjoyed the heck out of that fight..I laughed harder than I have for months. I didn't know John directed that episode..Go John! Still hoping demon Don returns.. I just don't like that wifey of his.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Todd

    Your loss Piscesgal. The show actually has real diversity of unique individuals, rather than the phoney types in the form of tokens employed in the less popular shows – so boring and predictable.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Piscesgal609

    I wish this cast was more diverse and in line with the multicultural America today so I could watch it. Oh well.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DD Rules

    John Slattery is an amazing director. And can DD be a bad boy again? It is kind of getting boring..when he is this normal. I can't wait till he starts messing up.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sometimes..

    i get so confused that I would like to throw a knockout punch at one particle troll.lol

    April 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sara

    "Bubblicious Pubis" LOLZ

    April 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Observer

    Great episode!
    Good to see this back on Sunday nights, finally.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laurie Burdick

    What happened to sick Don strangling and pushing a lover's body under his bed right before his wife came home? Is the body still there? Did she die or just unconscious? I love! Mad Men.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mad man

      Um that was a sickness induced dream. If you didn't pick up on that then you must have been so confused the last week! No worries – Don didn't actually kill the woman.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Killing the former lover was just a hallucination because he was so sick. Never actually happened, thought it seemed so!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • arimom11

      He was just dreaming... it never happened. Kind of a metaphor for him killing his philandering past and being faithful to Megan...

      April 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kassie

      He imagined it when he was sick with fever.

      April 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. just a blogger

    "No fighting in the comments", priceless!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

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